Marlborough Highways wins £32m North London roads contract

Civils contractor Marlborough Highways has clinched a £32m contract to maintain North London’s highways.

The specialist firm, which works mainly in the South East, was awarded the five-year Term Service Highway Works Contract by the London Borough of Islington. It will be worth about £4.6m per year, with the potential for a further two-year extension.

Safer routes to schools, new cycleways, carriageway resurfacing and road-marking works will be carried out by Marlborough Highways on behalf of the local authority, in addition to footway reconditioning projects, repairs and replacements to existing highway structures, drainage maintenance and tree cutting.

The contract includes the execution of ‘greening’ initiatives in the borough, with the contractor partnering the council in its goal to reach net-zero carbon by 2030.

To help with this, the contractor will use electric vehicles and prioritise local materials for supply chains. Tradespeople from Islington will also be hired to help complete projects.

Islington Council executive member for environment, air quality and transport Rowena Champion said: “We know that the climate emergency is a critically urgent issue, and that’s why we’re committed to creating a cleaner, greener, healthier issue through initiatives, including people-friendly streets, school streets and greening.

“We have already taken great strides in creating a more environmentally friendly, pleasant borough for local people, and we’re looking forward to working with Marlborough Highways to continue this positive progress.”

The contractor has agreements with seven other boroughs in the capital, including neighbouring Hackney Council.

Earlier this year, Colas and Eric Wright were chosen for a £40m highways framework with Salford City Council.

Highway construction and maintenance are often delivered in varied models, with some councils taking them in-house. Others choose to partner contractors or elect to outsource them completely.

Experts have said that after construction firm Carillion collapsed in 2018, leaving 250 infrastructure contracts unfinished, local councils have been considering moving more highways work in-house.

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